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Saturday, October 31, 2020, 18:03
Injunction against doxxing of judicial officers granted
By Wang Zhan
Saturday, October 31, 2020, 18:03 By Wang Zhan

This general view shows the High Court building in Hong Kong on August 17, 2017. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HONG KONG - The Court of First Instance of the High Court on Friday granted an interim injunction restraining unlawful and willful doxxing activities against judicial officers and their family members, or intimidating, harassing or threatening them.

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The Secretary for Justice, as guardian of public interest, applied to the court for an ex parte injunction to restrain people from unlawfully and willfully conducting themselves in such acts, according to a statement issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's government on late Friday evening.

The interim injunction will remain in force up to Nov 13 at 10:30 am when the application returns to court. Those who violate the interim injunction order may be held in contempt of court and are liable to imprisonment or a fine.

There have been numerous doxxing activities against judicial officers and their families on social media platforms since last November, and such activities continue to emerge in recent months.

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The Department of Justice said these doxxing activities are not acceptable, noting the court has pointed out in its recent decision in a contempt of court application that doxxing itself may constitute criminal activity.

Any lawbreaking behavior against members of the judiciary and their families will not be condoned, the department added.

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